The Federal Government says it has exhausted all options to end the current strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The Education minister, Adamu Adamu, while speaking at a news conference in Abuja, disclosed that ASUU had rejected a salary review of about 23–35 per cent proposed by the Federal Government.
Adamu noted that the union and three other universities also rejected the N300 billion earmarked for the revitalization of federal universities and the payment of academic earned allowances.
“We have done the best that we can in the circumstances,” Adamu declared.
“In the spirit of sincerity, the government made it clear that it would not break the law.” On this, I must, openly and once again, thank all the unions which made the sacrifice of understanding the position of Government on the matter,” he added.
ASUU is seeking an over 100 percent increase in salary—a demand the Federal Government has refused to accept considering the current economic realities in the country.
Meanwhile, the ASUU president, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to use the recently recovered %23 million Abacha loot to resolve the lingering strike action.